‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Celebrates 50th Anniversary

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

NBC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the televised Christmas classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Nov. 25, 2016.

The holiday musical has an original run-time of 26 minutes, which is often cut short for television. However, NBC aired the complete version on television for the first time in over a decade.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was written by Dr. Seuss and brought to life, through animation, by Chuck Jones. Boris Karloff was the voice of the narrator and the Grinch. June Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who.

This Christmas tale shares the spirit of the season as a behavior choice. The Grinch learns that Whoville is not excited about presents, decorations, and large meals. The Christmas spirit is in their hearts and if they are all together, happiness will ensue. This lesson causes the heart of the Grinch to grow.

Nine years after “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was published, CBS televised the cartoon special, on Dec. 18, 1966. A blogger on Live Journal believed there were slight differences between the poem and the cartoon. He watched the movie with the written version in hand and concluded that many lines had been modified, 20 lines were added and five lines were removed for the animated version.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ 50th Anniversary Trivia:

  • “Fahoo Forays,” the song the Whos sing in the center of the village, is a reference to the actress June Foray. She voices the character of Cindy Lou Who.
  • The piece of string the Grinch uses to tie the deer rack to Max’s head is red in the poem but it is black in the cartoon.
  • According to the original, the Grinch lives 3,000 feet up the mountain called Mount Crumpet. In the televised version, he lives 10,000 feet up Mount Crumpet.
  • The made-up playthings in the cartoon are real-life toys in the book.
  • Thurl Ravenscroft was unintentionally left out of the credits for singing, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Seuss attempted to rectify the error by writing letters to major newspapers, throughout the United States.
  • After the movie LP was released in 1967, Karloff won a Grammy Award for his narration.
  • In the original poem, the Grinch was black and white, with pink accents. However, Jones decided the cartoon version of the Grinch should be green.

More Fun Facts:

  • The first-time Jones worked with Seuss was during WWII. The two collaborated with Phil Eastman on “Private Snafu.” This was a series of shorts for the Army.
  • The first animated Seuss story was “Horton Hatches the Egg,” in 1942. This short film was also a Warner Bros. production.
  • Foray is 99 years old. Her birthday was September 1917. Besides Cindy Lou Who, Foray was the voice of Lucifer the cat, in “Cinderella” (1950), Natasha Fatale and Rocket J. Squirrel, in “Rocky and Bullwinkle (1059-1961), Jokey Smurf, (1981-1989), and Grammi Gummy from “Adventures of the Gummi Bears” (1985-1991). Plus 300 other roles.
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was written to show people that material items and presents are not necessary to celebrate the holiday. Seuss wanted people to understand that they only need to be with their loved ones.
  • Seuss wrote a television special to follow-up the Christmas special entitled, “Halloween is Grinch Night.” It first aired in October 1977, with Hans Conried voicing the Grinch.
  • In 2000, the live-action film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard, came under intense criticism. However, it did win Best Makeup at the Oscars. It also grossed $354.1 million worldwide. This proves why the special is celebrating its 50th anniversary on television, it is a classic known by people everywhere.
  • Universal Studios is going to attempt an animated remake of the special, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It will debut on Nov. 9, 2018. The new cartoon movie will be directed by Perter Candleland and Yarrow Cheney.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Celebrates 50th Anniversary:

Scheduled Viewings:
Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET, on TBS
Dec. 14, at 8:00 p.m. on TNT
Dec. 14, at 8:30 p.m. on TNT

By Jeanette Smith

Sources:

NBC: Press Release
Live Journal: NINJAMONKEYSPY
Heavy: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas!’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
TV Guide: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Images Courtesy of Warner Bros. – Used With Permission

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